Beans Usili (Beans With Ground Pulse)

Course : Curry
Serves: 6
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1 1/4 pounds green beans
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon salt -- to taste
1 cup toor dal, cleaned and soaked -- for 1/2 hour
3 medium red chiles
4 medium green chiles
1 sprig curry leaves -- (a few)
1/4 teaspoon asafetida
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
1 teaspoon black gram dal
2 medium red chiles -- broken
1 tablespoon coconut oil

Preparation / Directions:

Heat oil and mustard seeds, black gram dal and red chiles. When brown, add beans (cut into 1/2 cm. pieces), salt and turmeric. Cook until done. If there is any excess water, remove it. Grind toor dal to a coarse paste adding green chiles, red chiles, curry leaves and asafetida. Heat one tablespoon oil and add ground paste. Cook on a low fire until dry. Break up the dal with a fork and add the cooked vegetables. Cook on a low fire until dry. Serve hot. You can substitute cabbage for the beans.

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